Asia is the world’s largest
continent and has historically been the home of most of the world’s population.
The countries in Asia are diverse, from the ultra-modern technology capitals
like Japan to the world’s highest point of Mount Everest in Nepal.
Asia offers a multitude of
experiences to keep you occupied for a lifetime. There’s scuba-diving in the
beautiful waters off countless islands throughout Indonesia, off the coast of
Thailand and the Philippines to view the abundant marine life. Or you can hike
through the mountains or emerald-striped rice fields. There’s also the cherry blossom season throughout
Japan from January to May each year. Locals and tourists alike follow a trail
of flowers and festivals marking the beginning of spring across the country.
Then there are places like Hong
Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Bali which cater for the party crowed with all
night fun and thumping music. Taiwan is
famous for its tea culture, tea arts and traditional tea ceremonies, which can
be traced back to Chinese tea culture over 400 years ago.
For shopping, Asia has everything
from high end chic malls to frenzied markets to satisfy the shopping bug. Singapore
for local crafts, Hong Kong has for knock-off bags, watches and clothes, whilst
Bangkok has silks. And every place contains their own version of beautiful
Some countries like Singapore are very prosperous and have
high safety standards. However, destinations such as Afghanistan or East Timor
are developing countries where struggling communities and civil unrest pose
risks for travellers.
Extreme weather events occur frequently across Asia,
including tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, flooding and tropical cyclones. These
can hit without warning. Heatwaves, fires and severe snow storms are common.
Always check the local weather forecast and smatraveller.gov.au for advice. Consider
travel insurance that covers expenses from delays and cancellations.
Poor economic situations in a number of Asian countries can
fuel petty crimes. Pickpocketing, thefts and scams can happen but shouldn’t be
a problem if you use your common sense. You might find the biggest hassles
you’ll encounter are the pushy vendors or enthusiastic beggars, all trying to
provide for their families.
Water-borne and food-borne infections diseases are common
across Asia. Stick to bottled water--avoid ice-cubes and raw meat or
undercooked food. Be careful of home-made or unlabelled alcohol as it may be a
harmful brew of household chemicals or narcotics. Tourists have been robbed
after being drugged.
Heatwaves can be trouble especially for older people and
those with pre-existing medical conditions. Drink lots of water and stay inside
on hot days.
- Konnichiwa - Good Day in Japanese
- Terima Kasih - Thank you in Indonesian
- Ni hao – hello in Mandarin
- K’nyom tch muoh - My name is in Cambodian
- Tavtai morilogtun – Welcome in Mongolian.
While generally a safe destination, visitors to Asia are
also advised to use common sense and caution while travelling to avoid the potential
Being a smart traveller by getting vaccinated before you
leave Australia and by taking precautions to minimise the risk of illness,
accident or theft while overseas can help improve the chances of your trip to
Asia being memorable for all the right reasons. However, some things are
outside even the most cautious traveller's control; ensuring you have adequate
travel insurance is an essential way to minimise the costs of an illness or
misadventure in Asia.
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